mulch for 2 year bare root raspberries/gooseberries
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have recently planted 2 year old autumn fruiting raspberries and Hinno gooseberries.
I have added compost and BFB to help with root development and I have also put some rotted manure around the plants.
Once this manure has been carried by the worms, to below, should I add an additional mulch?
Thanks Fidgetbones but as they are young, 2 year old canes should I still mulch them now?
Also, I’ve put some rotted manure on, would this suffice or should I top this with bark chippings or strulch along the rows?
Ive never planted fruit bushes before so this is a massive learning curve – they are autumn fruiting – I expect that they will throw out some canes that I can snip off?
Thanks for the advice regarding fertilising too. Very helpful ! Would ypou use something like bonemal or blood fish and bone for this?
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
Thanks Fidgetbones this us is so helpful. The autumn fruiting raspberries are the Joan J ones – this is the first year I have planted them and I dug in compost and some BFB and I have topped the soil with the rotted manure so I shall leave this for now and hand weed .
When I planted them I did cut them to ground level about 25cm but I’m wondering if it’s necessary to cut them even closer to the ground - I shall see if I can upload a picture this week. Thanks so much about the goose advice too – this is very helpful – I shall just leave them as such and I shall try to upload a photo this week.
Much thanks Fidegtbones
Thanks Dove, I have just cut down the newly planted 2 year bare rood to 25cm, that’s the only one I’ve cut down – I shall leave any that shoot up to ensure I get some berries! I believe the canes I have planted don’t need support either which is handy, but I shall see how they go. Many thanks and much appreciated